Was 1964 Broadway's Greatest Year for Musicals? Dolly, Fiddler, Funny Girl and Other Groundbreakers

By Robert Viagas
15 May 2014

April 17: Sam Levene and Alan Alda (son of his Guys and Dolls co-star Robert Alda, who was appearing a few blocks away in What Makes Sammy Run?) co-starred with Theodore Bikel (the original Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music) in Café Crown, a musical about life at a restaurant on Second Avenue. Further down the cast list could be found the likes of opera singer Brenda Lewis, dancer Tommy Rall, choreographer Bob Avian and future “Mr. Rogers” featured player Betty Aberlin. At three performances, Café Crown had the shortest run of any 1964 Broadway musical.